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What makes you abandon your world? How do you say goodbye when it's forever? A heart-breaking story about survival, love and hope. For fans of Meg Rosoff and Beth Revis. Bea's life is as broken as Earth has become - dry, controlled and polarized. Having never left the small town where she was born, Bea feels trapped in an endless routine of school and a dead-end job she mus What makes you abandon your world? How do you say goodbye when it's forever? A heart-breaking story about survival, love and hope. For fans of Meg Rosoff and Beth Revis. Bea's life is as broken as Earth has become - dry, controlled and polarized. Having never left the small town where she was born, Bea feels trapped in an endless routine of school and a dead-end job she must do to support her messed-up mother. When a signal arrives from outer space, a mission is planned to find its origin that will take hundreds of years. Despite having to leave everyone and everything she cares about, forever, Bea knows she has to be on that ship. Except she didn't plan on falling in love before she left . . .


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What makes you abandon your world? How do you say goodbye when it's forever? A heart-breaking story about survival, love and hope. For fans of Meg Rosoff and Beth Revis. Bea's life is as broken as Earth has become - dry, controlled and polarized. Having never left the small town where she was born, Bea feels trapped in an endless routine of school and a dead-end job she mus What makes you abandon your world? How do you say goodbye when it's forever? A heart-breaking story about survival, love and hope. For fans of Meg Rosoff and Beth Revis. Bea's life is as broken as Earth has become - dry, controlled and polarized. Having never left the small town where she was born, Bea feels trapped in an endless routine of school and a dead-end job she must do to support her messed-up mother. When a signal arrives from outer space, a mission is planned to find its origin that will take hundreds of years. Despite having to leave everyone and everything she cares about, forever, Bea knows she has to be on that ship. Except she didn't plan on falling in love before she left . . .

30 review for The Truth of Different Skies

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Dillema

    https://www.reviewsandroses.nl/overzi... Elke dag dichter bij de sterren is absoluut het beste boek geschreven door Kate Ling tot nu toe. Hoewel ik helemaal niet veel van het boek verwachte, heb ik enorm genoten van het verhaal en de personages. In vergelijking met de andere twee boeken in de Ventura-saga wist dit boek mij veel meer het verhaal in te trekken en leek het een diepere laag te hebben. Op het eind wist het boek mijn traanbuisjes zelfs open te zetten. Met absolute overtuiging is dit bo https://www.reviewsandroses.nl/overzi... Elke dag dichter bij de sterren is absoluut het beste boek geschreven door Kate Ling tot nu toe. Hoewel ik helemaal niet veel van het boek verwachte, heb ik enorm genoten van het verhaal en de personages. In vergelijking met de andere twee boeken in de Ventura-saga wist dit boek mij veel meer het verhaal in te trekken en leek het een diepere laag te hebben. Op het eind wist het boek mijn traanbuisjes zelfs open te zetten. Met absolute overtuiging is dit boek mijn favoriet in de Ventura-saga. ------------------ Met gemak het beste boek in de trilogie. <3 Recensie volgt op www.reviewsandroses.nl

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kate Ling

    How do you say goodbye when it’s forever? One of the first ideas that originally inspired me to write about long-term space travel was reading about the volunteers for the planned one-way Mars colonist voyages. I kept wondering who would do that, who would leave everything and everyone they’ve ever known behind, desert their planet never to be seen again, and take this journey into the vast unknown of space. To those you left behind it would be almost as if you had died. Seren came to me then, u How do you say goodbye when it’s forever? One of the first ideas that originally inspired me to write about long-term space travel was reading about the volunteers for the planned one-way Mars colonist voyages. I kept wondering who would do that, who would leave everything and everyone they’ve ever known behind, desert their planet never to be seen again, and take this journey into the vast unknown of space. To those you left behind it would be almost as if you had died. Seren came to me then, unbidden - this flawed, passionate, very real heroine stuck in the middle of a mission she didn’t begin and wouldn’t complete, and with no choices. Starting in the middle of the journey felt so natural, and yet I suppose I always knew I would inevitably come back full circle. In my new book, THE TRUTH OF DIFFERENT SKIES, I do just that. This is the third Ventura book, but as it’s an origin story, it can equally be read first, or even all on its own. And just like the rest of the series, despite its sci-fi setting (the run-up to a space voyage in the fairly near future), it is far from traditional or typical of its genre. It’s 2050 and Bea is working hard just to survive her tough upbringing in a poor Welsh sheep-farming community. She’s brave and clever, and she has potential, but without the financial means to escape she fears she’ll be trapped there for the rest of her life, until she hears that the Ventura is seeking volunteers and sees her chance. Yes it means leaving everything behind forever, but all Bea has ever had is reasons to leave. She has lists of them. What she doesn’t realise is that she might suddenly find one amazing reason to stay… I have loved writing this book. It was so hard to leave Seren behind, but the Ventura origin story simply had to be told, and I have fallen just as deeply in love with my new heroine, Bea. Just like Seren, she’s fearless but flawed and fallible and she definitely makes mistakes - pretty bad ones. Just as Seren was living with the tempestuous weather of her mental health, Bea is living with an invisible illness of her own. And because her upbringing has been so unstable and difficult, she’s someone who doesn’t know a lot about love, apart from the fact that it’s messy and often doesn’t end well. But she may be about to learn a lot more. I recently had occasion to consider the things that pop up in my writing again and again, often subconsciously, and they seem to be, among other motifs, fearless females, invasive medical procedures, skinny-dipping, Spanish speakers, ghost towns, infidelity, and big waves. And this book is no exception. Readers of the first two books will love discovering the roots of the Ventura and its crew in this entry, while I hope that new readers will enjoy being drawn to the ‘gangplank’ of the Ventura along with its new recruits. Just like its predecessors, this book is about the future and survival and the strength of the human spirit, but mostly it’s about loss, agency, legacy, desire, growing up, being flawed, living with an invisible illness, what makes us human, and the unpredictable and uncertain beauty of love. Basically, if you like brave girls who get themselves out of bad situations and into amazing adventures (and who doesn’t?)… you’ll love it just as much as I do.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    Liefde voor deze prequel! Recensie komt er snel aan op MustMag.nl

  4. 4 out of 5

    Firefly-Bibi

    Pijnlijk mooi. Dit is wat ik over dit verhaal kan zeggen. Het begint allemaal wat traag maar uiteindelijk wordt het waanzinnig mooi maar ook zo verschrikkelijk verdrietig tegelijk. De laatste 20 paginas heb ik alleen maar zitten huilen.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tamara Van dishoeck

    dit boek speelt zich af voor de eerste twee boeken in de Ventura saga en draait om Bea die niets liever wil dan de reis met de Ventura te maken. ze weet dat ze daardoor haar vrienden en familie nooit meer zal zien maar ze wil niets liever. dan gaat ze met haar vrienden de reis maken van Wales naar Spanje om een kans te krijgen om een van de mensen te zijn die mee mogen met de Ventura maar dan word ze verliefd en weet ze niet meer wat ze wil. vond dit deel zelfs nog beter dan de eerste twee boeke dit boek speelt zich af voor de eerste twee boeken in de Ventura saga en draait om Bea die niets liever wil dan de reis met de Ventura te maken. ze weet dat ze daardoor haar vrienden en familie nooit meer zal zien maar ze wil niets liever. dan gaat ze met haar vrienden de reis maken van Wales naar Spanje om een kans te krijgen om een van de mensen te zijn die mee mogen met de Ventura maar dan word ze verliefd en weet ze niet meer wat ze wil. vond dit deel zelfs nog beter dan de eerste twee boeken. dit boek was ontroerend maar ook grappig en hartverwarmend. er zaten wendingen in die ik absoluut niet verwacht had maar waar ik erg van heb genoten.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Syg pige med hårdt liv, tager på roadtrip til Spanien med stedbror og venindes kæreste, for at melde sig til en rummission. God beskrivelse af verden efter teknologinedbrud.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lizzie Huxley-Jones

    Hello I need to tell you about the book I just finished because my emotions are wrecked. A Welsh girl escaping her dying world to join an important mission into deep space, who finds love just at the worst possible moment. My heart my heart my heart. Ling previously authored The Loneliness of Distant Beings, followed by The Glow of Fallen Stars which followed Seren and the crew of the Ventura several generations deep into their space colonisation mission. The Truth of Different Skies takes us bac Hello I need to tell you about the book I just finished because my emotions are wrecked. A Welsh girl escaping her dying world to join an important mission into deep space, who finds love just at the worst possible moment. My heart my heart my heart. Ling previously authored The Loneliness of Distant Beings, followed by The Glow of Fallen Stars which followed Seren and the crew of the Ventura several generations deep into their space colonisation mission. The Truth of Different Skies takes us back into the Ventura's past to the recruitment on Earth, and one girl called Bea, trapped in poverty, unrequited love and sickness in Wales. Seizing the chance to change her life, Bea travels to Spain to sign up for the mission, accompanied by her stepbrother and the boy she loves. It is the story of opportunity, of adventure and escape, fleeing a dying world to find a future for humanity at the other end of a beacon that reached Earth the day she was born. I really enjoyed the Ventura Saga, which explores the toll of multigenerational space missions on mental health and forbidden love (my fave). The Truth of Different Skies is the prequel but can be read as a stand alone. With typical Ling twists and turns, my heart was repeatedly battered. This is Ling's best novel yet and I'm eagerly anticipating more from her. If you’ve ever looked up at the stars and wondered how to escape there then you have to read The Truth of Different Skies. It is the story of escape and knowing yourself and sacrifice and oh my emotions.

  8. 5 out of 5

    hannah ☆彡

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. There were some really good things about this book. I liked the futuristic setting of Earth and the setting the characters lived in was interesting to read about and Bea's coverage of various aspects of life there were informative without being too info-dumpy and made her actually seem smart and aware (which otherwise would have definitely been an informed attribute). I liked the beginning of the plot with the roadtrip to Spain and the things they see along the way. And a bunch of interesting si There were some really good things about this book. I liked the futuristic setting of Earth and the setting the characters lived in was interesting to read about and Bea's coverage of various aspects of life there were informative without being too info-dumpy and made her actually seem smart and aware (which otherwise would have definitely been an informed attribute). I liked the beginning of the plot with the roadtrip to Spain and the things they see along the way. And a bunch of interesting side characters were introduced. However, these good parts came to be very overshadowed by the bad parts. I understood the dilemma Bea felt in regards to her relationship with Micah, but I still felt like she was completely wrong in not telling Mali and I found it difficult to sympathise with her as she discussed her guilt. At the end she convinces herself that telling Mali would be selfish as she'd only be doing it for herself, as if it wasn't super selfish to do what she did with Micah in the first place... Also her relationship with Jam at the end was sort of unsettling to read in all honesty (she treats him like her brother for the entire rest of the book and they interact like siblings), not to mention it felt very rushed to read because she never hints at having feelings for him previously in the book. And his personality changes a lot after they become a couple. And my final issue: The general plot. As I've mentioned earlier the world they live in was interesting, along with the side characters. But by the second half these two aspects are ignored in favour of Bea's inner turmoil about Micah and Jam. Several of the introduced side characters had the potential to be super interesting but not much was done with them. Also, I felt incredibly let down by the testing part. It was made out to be super difficult and challenging so I anticipated some exciting scenes but barely anything is done with it. If a stage of it is not completely skimmed over, Bea is inexplicably far better at the stage than everyone else and completely breezes through it and gets praised by virtually everyone which just got irritating after a while. And the fact that the scenes focusing on the testing were rather brief it made the results of it feel anticlimatic. The fact that Jam and the others failed felt like a random thing put in to add drama, as we never find out what they did differently to Bea (or what they did in it, period). So in conclusion this book had some good parts and it started off really well, but it got steadily worse and I do not think I would recommend it to people. Also, WHO THE HELL NAMES SOMEONE BEACON?!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    A stunning prequel to one of my all-time favourite series. Originally posted on my blog Ashleigh Online I'm a huge fan of Kate Ling's Ventura series. The Loneliness of Distant Beings rocketed straight to number one in my list of my favourite books of 2016. Then, in 2017, its sequel The Glow of Fallen Stars became one of my absolute favourites too. There’s no doubt that these books are right up there with my all-time top picks, and I recommend them to anyone who'll listen. So when I found out that A stunning prequel to one of my all-time favourite series. Originally posted on my blog Ashleigh Online I'm a huge fan of Kate Ling's Ventura series. The Loneliness of Distant Beings rocketed straight to number one in my list of my favourite books of 2016. Then, in 2017, its sequel The Glow of Fallen Stars became one of my absolute favourites too. There’s no doubt that these books are right up there with my all-time top picks, and I recommend them to anyone who'll listen. So when I found out that there was a third book in the series, this one a prequel that takes us back to before the Ventura began its epic journey across the universe, it quickly became my most anticipated read of the year. The problem with falling head over heels with a series is that it can be pretty nerve wracking when you pick up an new instalment. You want so badly to love it, but you fear that it might take something away from the books you’ve already become so fond of. The Truth of Different Skies did nothing of the sort. In fact, it made me fall even more in love with this series. Taking us right back to Earth, it introduces four new and perfectly flawed characters that I found myself missing massively every time I put this book down. It’s dystopian, it’s romantic, it’s action-packed. There’s a spacecraft and science, tough and terrifying trials, a road trip across Spain with camping and drinking and lots of new people to meet. I loved that The Truth of Different Skies is the absolute opposite to The Loneliness of Distant Beings, in that Bea is desperate to escape Earth by spending the rest of her days on Ventura, while Seren was desperate to escape Ventura and experience what it was like to live on a planet. It questions what causes people to make the decisions they do, and what can push someone to feel so desperate to get away that they’d give up everything they’ve ever known. Kate Ling’s writing is addictive. It’ll pull your heart in every direction, through guilt, longing, loss, love, laughter, conflict, desperation and heartbreak. I couldn’t get enough of it. If I'm honest, it left me feeling like my heart had been shattered into a million pieces and thrown into space. I bloody loved it. If you’ve yet to read The Loneliness of Distant Beings or The Glow of Fallen Stars, you can pick up The Truth of Different Skies as an introduction to this series – it works as a standalone novel, but once you’ve read it you’ll be desperate to get your hands on the others. And if you’ve already read the rest of the series, rest assured that The Truth of Different Skies is just as brilliant. You won’t be disappointed.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ysgrublaidd

    Na het lezen van de eerste twee delen had ik erg veel zin in dit derde boek. Want de eerste twee boeken vond ik geweldig en ik hoopte op meer. Nou, dat viel dus zwaar tegen. Het is geen vervolg, maar een prequel. Daar kwam ik dus pas achter toen ik in het boek begon te lezen. Daar is natuurlijk niks mis mee, mits het echt iets toevoegt aan de serie. Deels doet dat het ook, maar naar mijn mening had de helft van het boek wel geschrapt mogen worden. Schrijven is schrappen toch? Het grootste deel v Na het lezen van de eerste twee delen had ik erg veel zin in dit derde boek. Want de eerste twee boeken vond ik geweldig en ik hoopte op meer. Nou, dat viel dus zwaar tegen. Het is geen vervolg, maar een prequel. Daar kwam ik dus pas achter toen ik in het boek begon te lezen. Daar is natuurlijk niks mis mee, mits het echt iets toevoegt aan de serie. Deels doet dat het ook, maar naar mijn mening had de helft van het boek wel geschrapt mogen worden. Schrijven is schrappen toch? Het grootste deel van het boek is behoorlijk saai en voorspelbaar. Route trip met veel liefdesdrama, daarna een testkamp met meer liefdesdrama (als het een onderdeeltje van een boek is prima, hier was het gewoon teveel) en verder te weinig andere zaken die echt interessant waren. Ik moest me dan ook echt door het boek heen worstelen en het duurde veel langer dan ik gepland had om dit deel uit te krijgen. Eigenlijk kwam het boek pas echt tot leven bij, pak hem beet, de laatste 40 bladzijden. Ik snap het idee achter het boek, maar de manier en de invulling van hoe die gebracht werd was gewoon te karig. Ja, de eerste twee boeken hadden ook veel liefdesdrama, echter door de setting en de dingen die er omheen gebeurde was dat nog dragelijk. Hier was de balans behoorlijk zoek en was er te weinig aan interessantere zaken te vinden om het boek boven het gemiddelde te trekken. Het einde maakt een boel goed, maar dit kan de 240 pagina's daarvoor niet naar een hoger niveau trekken. Erg jammer, want ik had iets veel beters verwacht.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tara van Beurden

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Beacon - Bea - sets off on an adventure to join the first multi-generational star ship headed across the galaxy to find the source of the signal. Bea is the ancestor of Seren, the main character of Ling's first two Ventura novels. This book is supposed to give some context as to why anyone would sign up for such a mission. This was painful! I must have been in a more forgiving mood when I read Ling's first two books in this series, but like those, her main female character is a nightmare. Dramat Beacon - Bea - sets off on an adventure to join the first multi-generational star ship headed across the galaxy to find the source of the signal. Bea is the ancestor of Seren, the main character of Ling's first two Ventura novels. This book is supposed to give some context as to why anyone would sign up for such a mission. This was painful! I must have been in a more forgiving mood when I read Ling's first two books in this series, but like those, her main female character is a nightmare. Dramatic, whiny, selfish, self-absorbed, her internal dialogue takes away from what could be a fascinating story. She sleeps with her best friend's boyfriend, falls in love with her stepbrother, and almost throws away the opportunity she spends half the book trying to get and yet somehow through it all everyone tells her how fabulous she is, how resilient and strong and amazing. It's a load of codswallop. Like the first two books, a really clever and interesting idea is completely overshadowed by teenage melodrama. And the whole storyline with falling in love with her stepbrother - that was just plain unsettling and felt hamfisted in to make the story 50 pages longer. It's a quick read, but I wanted to throw it against the wall so often it took way longer than I'd have liked. It gets two stars purely because the ideas have such merit and in the hands of a better author could have been appropriately explored. Such a shame!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carla

    So maybe I should have read the blurb and I'd have known to expect a prequel. I was very confused when I first read about Bea and Earth. It was most likely for the best though because I don't think I could have handled another book about Seren. Bea was a more tolerable character, not great but tolerable. She was interesting, headstrong and supposedly smart (though her smartness does not really shine through except for very few situations in which of course her intelligence saves everyone). The i So maybe I should have read the blurb and I'd have known to expect a prequel. I was very confused when I first read about Bea and Earth. It was most likely for the best though because I don't think I could have handled another book about Seren. Bea was a more tolerable character, not great but tolerable. She was interesting, headstrong and supposedly smart (though her smartness does not really shine through except for very few situations in which of course her intelligence saves everyone). The idea of understanding the motivation behind someone choosing to spend their lives on a space shuttle actually made me look forward to this book. Going to La Verdad to try and being selected to the mission seemed to promise the Sci-Fi I'd been looking forward to since the first book. And then it revolved around more unnecessary romance. Micah wasn't even likable and yet he was supposed to be amazing?? Also that end romance was just stupid. I don't often call things that but it was so forced? I guess I'd have preferred to have more La Verdad action and maybe see more of Kazimir? Mostly because it's very obvious what role he plays in Bea's future so I wanted more of that. Less of the 'pining over my BFF's boyfriend'. I guess this series just wasn't for me. If you like romance with a Sci-Fi background though, this might be it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Croft

    Wow. I loved this. 5/5 stars I read this as a stand alone novel - it says its a #3 in a series, but I understand its a prequel, and it has the best rating of the series, so I felt happy to read this without having read any of the others. I just saw it in the library, calling out to me as some books do. Im so glad I picked it up. The author might get more interest in this one by labelling it a #0.5 It completely captured me in fast-paced beautiful entangling story that yanked my heart around in com Wow. I loved this. 5/5 stars I read this as a stand alone novel - it says its a #3 in a series, but I understand its a prequel, and it has the best rating of the series, so I felt happy to read this without having read any of the others. I just saw it in the library, calling out to me as some books do. Im so glad I picked it up. The author might get more interest in this one by labelling it a #0.5 It completely captured me in fast-paced beautiful entangling story that yanked my heart around in compassion for the main character and her messy human heart. It really captured the magic, promise and appeal of space - I am completely jealous of Bea (I too have an auto-immune condition, I cant say much more without spoilers). Its very YA, and is quite romance-centric but the emotional expression felt so authentic, and really this is what being young is all about, its nice to slip back into those shoes once in a while (and it wasnt cheesy or predictable). I loved it. Im a sucker for (view spoiler)[a tragedy, every damn time. (hide spoiler)]

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lizzie Wissett

    The Truth of Different Skies by Kate Ling is an emotional story that really gets to grips with the nature of love, lust and life. The journey that Beacon, the main character, goes on both emotionally and physically, is relatable and if for some readers it is not, then it is written in in such a way that you can truly put yourselves in the character’s shoes. I loved the different characters and how they developed throughout the book making me really feel like I got to know them and in some cases The Truth of Different Skies by Kate Ling is an emotional story that really gets to grips with the nature of love, lust and life. The journey that Beacon, the main character, goes on both emotionally and physically, is relatable and if for some readers it is not, then it is written in in such a way that you can truly put yourselves in the character’s shoes. I loved the different characters and how they developed throughout the book making me really feel like I got to know them and in some cases dislike them, as they were not perfect because in reality, who is? I laughed, I cried and I couldn't bear to finish the book and couldn't wait at the same time. Decisions in life are hard, and this book really captures the struggle of choosing between what you really want, and what you need to survive.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bill Ling

    This is the first of the Ventura Saga books I've read, and if this is anything to go by I'll be reading the other two! I was looking for a love story, and I got a beautiful one. Set against a hugely imaginative backdrop it's the story of our younger lives. If you've ever wondered what you'd do for love, read this. I had to put it down for a while because I didn't want it to end. The book now has, but the story hasn't, thank goodness. Loved it. 5 stars! This is the first of the Ventura Saga books I've read, and if this is anything to go by I'll be reading the other two! I was looking for a love story, and I got a beautiful one. Set against a hugely imaginative backdrop it's the story of our younger lives. If you've ever wondered what you'd do for love, read this. I had to put it down for a while because I didn't want it to end. The book now has, but the story hasn't, thank goodness. Loved it. 5 stars!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Danniella

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I’ve really enjoyed this series (which I describe as ‘mild sci-fi’... i.e. not Star Trekky!) I was disappointed at first when this third book didn’t seem to relate to the characters in the previous two books. However, I became endeared to the new characters even before, in due course, the author starts to share how they fit into the overarching storyline and with previous characters. I have come to appreciate the clever weaving of characters and storyline by the author.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Clair

    Love, love, loved this book! It was unputdownable. I’m longing to read the others in the series. A romantic novel where Beacon and Jam set out on a journey to apply for a coveted place on a space mission. If they are successful it means that they will never return. Great characterisation and a plot that wasn’t predictable.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jo Hena

    Another great book by Kate Ling! I love the way the novel presents the twists and turns of first love, coupled with the futuristic setting. The behaviour of the feisty central protagonist is also in keeping with the first two novels in the trilogy as we see Bea standing up for all that she believes in. Thoroughly recommended.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Georgia

    I feel like I can remember bits of this book but I'm not entirely sure if they're actually from this book or not so I don't have much to say about it. I think it's more heartbreaking than the first two because obviously she literally will definitively never see her life again. But I think I really liked it. I feel like I can remember bits of this book but I'm not entirely sure if they're actually from this book or not so I don't have much to say about it. I think it's more heartbreaking than the first two because obviously she literally will definitively never see her life again. But I think I really liked it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bella Ashley

    I've just finished this and I can't even... Someone please tell me that I'm not the only one who has been sobbing while reading the last chapters of this? This was so very different from what I expected, but so so worth it. I've just finished this and I can't even... Someone please tell me that I'm not the only one who has been sobbing while reading the last chapters of this? This was so very different from what I expected, but so so worth it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tessa

    Such a beautiful story. It's a great prequel with great characters and storyline. I had my doubts about this book when I read the summary, but within 5 chapters I fell in love. I love how Bea is struggling with normal things that happen in life and how she deals with them. By far my favorite book of the series! Such a beautiful story. It's a great prequel with great characters and storyline. I had my doubts about this book when I read the summary, but within 5 chapters I fell in love. I love how Bea is struggling with normal things that happen in life and how she deals with them. By far my favorite book of the series!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kiara

    I absolutely loved this book. I'd read the first two in the trilogy and could hardly wait for this one. I was truly captivated by the character of Bea and her unique story from beginning to end. I absolutely loved this book. I'd read the first two in the trilogy and could hardly wait for this one. I was truly captivated by the character of Bea and her unique story from beginning to end.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Evette

    Honestly? I need more. I really enjoyed this book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Freya

    Het begin en het midden was erg leuk. Maar de laatste hoofdstukken ben ik maar snel doorheen gebladerd

  25. 4 out of 5

    Eve Vansever

    Wait? What? When is the sequal here? Why did she make that the ending? Who is that boy!?

  26. 5 out of 5

    Katina Wright

    The Truth of Different Skies is the third book in Kate Ling's Ventura Saga – a heart-racing story of adventure, love and thought-provoking topics. It follows Bea whose life is limited by a damaged earth and poor living circumstances. To make up for her damaged and selfish mother, with her step brother Jam, Bea works long hours to keep food on the table. Her dream is to escape the confines of her circumstances and the failing planet, by gaining a place on the Ventura spaceship, on a mission to di The Truth of Different Skies is the third book in Kate Ling's Ventura Saga – a heart-racing story of adventure, love and thought-provoking topics. It follows Bea whose life is limited by a damaged earth and poor living circumstances. To make up for her damaged and selfish mother, with her step brother Jam, Bea works long hours to keep food on the table. Her dream is to escape the confines of her circumstances and the failing planet, by gaining a place on the Ventura spaceship, on a mission to discover the source of the Beacon transmission for which she was named. Her goal requires her to leave her home for the first time. But, it turns out that to fulfil her aspirations the practical difficulties she faces are the least of her worries. The emotional relationship entanglements she has are heart wrenching and falling in love is an added complication she didn’t foresee. The Truth of Different Skies is a book that tackles the changing nature of relationships when we decide to move away from the place and people we’re born with. It broaches the painful reality that sometimes to achieve one goal we may have to sacrifice parts of our lives that we hold dear. It is about friendship, lust, love and discovering who we really are, warts and all. There is an unflinching truth in Kate Ling’s writing that doesn’t shy away from portraying all aspects of love. She offers gut churning emotion, passion and love in a way that feels real and heart-breaking in its honesty. This is all while telling the gripping story of Bea’s physical conflicts and adventures on her quest. I literally could-not-stop reading, fully invested in the story and on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen. This is a skilfully written, thrilling, passion-filled read that I loved and highly recommend.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Iris Windmeijer

    Het is duidelijk hoe dit boek zal aflopen, Elke dag dichter bij de sterren is immers de prequel van de ‘Ventura-Saga’. Maar ondanks dat word je volledig meegesleept in het verhaal van Bea en haar vrienden. Kate Ling levert weer een roman van formaat af, eentje die niet weg te leggen is. Beacon, roepnaam Bea, zit vast in de negatieve spiraal van haar leven. Haar moeder heeft een foute vriend, haar stiefvader zit in de cel, ze hebben weinig geld en haar baantje is uitzichtloos. Gelukkig heeft ze h Het is duidelijk hoe dit boek zal aflopen, Elke dag dichter bij de sterren is immers de prequel van de ‘Ventura-Saga’. Maar ondanks dat word je volledig meegesleept in het verhaal van Bea en haar vrienden. Kate Ling levert weer een roman van formaat af, eentje die niet weg te leggen is. Beacon, roepnaam Bea, zit vast in de negatieve spiraal van haar leven. Haar moeder heeft een foute vriend, haar stiefvader zit in de cel, ze hebben weinig geld en haar baantje is uitzichtloos. Gelukkig heeft ze haar beste vriendin Marli en haar stiefbroer Jam, maar ze is al jaren verliefd op de vriend van Marli, Micah. Wanneer Bea hoort over de Ventura, realiseert ze zich dat dat haar lotsbestemming is. Ze moet mee met het schip, de ruimte in, ver weg van al haar problemen. Het viertal gaat op road trip naar Spanje, waar de selectieprocedure plaatsvindt. Voor Bea, die nog nooit buiten het Verenigd Koninkrijk is geweest, is dit al een groot avontuur. Ze pakken de auto en rijden naar Spanje, met alleen een tent en genoeg geld op zak voor een enkele reis… Met deze road trip valt Elke dag dichter bij de sterren in te delen in een traditie van YA-romans met een road trip, zoals Paper Towns (John Green) of Muggenland (David Arnold). Liefde is een belangrijk thema in Elke dag dichter bij de sterren: verboden liefde, verzwegen liefde en verloren liefde. Want als jij zou weten dat je nooit meer terug zou keren naar de aarde, zou je dan ook alle kansen benutten? Bea is al jaren verliefd op Micah en tijdens de road trip naar Spanje worstelt ze met haar gevoelens. Micah blijkt ook niet ongevoelig te zijn voor de charmes van Bea, wat zorgt voor een ongemakkelijke situatie in hun vriendschap. Maar ook belangrijk is de verloren liefde. Als Bea meegaat op de Ventura, zal ze alles en iedereen die niet geselecteerd wordt, moeten achterlaten. Haar beste vriendin en haar crush hebben zich niet opgegeven voor de missie, dus ze zal voor altijd afscheid van hen moeten nemen. Voordat Bea hoort dat ze geselecteerd zal worden om mee te gaan met de Ventura, wordt ze verliefd. Deze liefde is hevig, maar gedoemd om te mislukken. Immers, er bestaat een grote kans dat haar geliefde zal achterblijven op de aarde. Met slechts enkele dagen op aarde, is deze liefde een rollercoaster van gevoelens. Bea’s kracht om haar roeping te volgen is sterk en dat maakt haar een sympathiek personage, met wie je snel gaat meevoelen. Omdat dit de prequel van de Ventura-Saga is, maar deze ná de eerste twee delen is gepubliceerd, is de uitkomst van het verhaal al bekend. Er worden door het verhaal geen hints gegeven of Bea geselecteerd zal worden voor de missie, dus wanneer de prequel voor de rest van de serie wordt gelezen zal de lezer wel voor een verrassing komen te staan. Toch weet Ling de plot goed op te bouwen: de spanning is niet óf Bea mee zal gaan op de Ventura, maar de spanning zit in haar weg ernaartoe. Het is de persoonlijke groei van Bea als personage die centraal staat in Elke dag dichter bij de sterren. De wereld van Elke dag dichter bij de sterren is schrikbarend realistisch: de gevolgen van de klimaatverandering zijn inmiddels duidelijk geworden. De ijsberen zijn uitgestorven en de oceaan zit vol plastic, ontwikkelingen die momenteel al plaatsvinden. De mens vernietigt de wereld en hoopt dat een andere levensvorm in de ruimte de oplossing hiervoor heeft gevonden. Ook leuk aan Elke dag dichter bij de sterren zijn de herkenbare personages. Wanneer je de andere boeken Eenzaam en extreem ver weg en De gloed van gedoofde sterren van de Ventura-Saga hebt gelezen, zul je veel personages herkennen. De meeste hebben alleen bekende (achter)namen, omdat hun (klein)kinderen in de andere delen voorkomen. Anderen zijn al wat bekender van verhalen of objecten die terugkeren in de andere boeken uit de serie. Dit laat zien dat de worldbuilding van Ling sterk in elkaar zit. Al met al is Elke dag dichter bij de sterren een spannende, maar vooral emotionele prequel van de Ventura-Saga. Dit verhaal lees je niet voor de afloop, maar voor de weg ernaartoe, zoals een goede roadtrip-roman hoort te zijn. Ling heeft met Elke dag dichter bij de sterren een ijzersterke roman neergezet. Recensie ook op https://www.hebban.nl/recensies/iris-...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Piper MacKinnon

    This book was amazing, I 100% loved it and recommend it to everyone. It really showed me how an author can get so into a book it makes the reader feel so much, I cried just reading the last 3 chapters. Kate Ling is an exceptional writer and I hope she either writes another book to add to the incredible collection or writes something even more amazing.

  29. 4 out of 5

    EvaLovesYA

    Jeg var helt forelsket i bog 1. Jeg tvivlede lidt mere på 2’eren, men på grund af de delte meninger, så var jeg virkelig (!) nysgerrig efter at læse bog 3. Jeg begyndte læsningen og blev ret hurtigt meget forvirret over, at jeg ikke rigtig syntes, at jeg kendte mange af de personer, som blev nævnt. Efter en hurtig Google search opdagede jeg så, at Mod nye stjerner ikke er bog 3 i serien, men tværtimod en prequel, som finder sted mange år før Ventura-sagaen. Forlagsbeskrivelsen lyder således: ”Bea Jeg var helt forelsket i bog 1. Jeg tvivlede lidt mere på 2’eren, men på grund af de delte meninger, så var jeg virkelig (!) nysgerrig efter at læse bog 3. Jeg begyndte læsningen og blev ret hurtigt meget forvirret over, at jeg ikke rigtig syntes, at jeg kendte mange af de personer, som blev nævnt. Efter en hurtig Google search opdagede jeg så, at Mod nye stjerner ikke er bog 3 i serien, men tværtimod en prequel, som finder sted mange år før Ventura-sagaen. Forlagsbeskrivelsen lyder således: ”Bea føler sig fanget. Hun har aldrig været uden for den by, hun bor i, hun har ingen penge og ingen, hun kun stole på. Det eneste, hun har, er et dødssygt arbejde og udsigt til bare at overleve – ikke leve. Men da forskere opfanger en besked fra rummet, planlægges en mission, der skal afdække, hvor beskeden kommer fra. Der er kun brug for 300 deltagere, men Bea sætter alt ind på at blive en af dem for at undslippe sin udsigtsløse tilværelse – også selv om det betyder, at hun må forlade Jorden for evigt. Der er bare et lille problem … hun havde ikke regnet med, at hun ville blive stormende forelsket, lige før hun skulle af sted…” Efter lidt forvirring, gik jeg dog i gang med læsningen, og det blev hurtigt godt. Kate Ling skriver rigtig godt og hele universet bygges fint og langsomt op. Bea er også en rigtig god karakter, som man kan nemt relatere til og forstå. Hun er en fin karakter, som jeg tror, vil kunne tiltrække mange læsere. Plottet fungerer rigtig fint og læsningen er gennem hele bogen rigtig god. Alt i alt var det en fin læseoplevelse, men egentlig ikke en historie, som jeg havde behøvet. Men til ægte fans, der bare vil have mere, er den en rigtig treat. Jeg ville dog have ønsket, at vi var vendt tilbage til Seren og de andre fra Ventura-sagaen, men forhåbentlig sker det inden længe.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hel

    I re-read the entire trilogy recently, this time in the order of its inner chronology, starting with this book. If you're new to the series, you can read in the order of 3-1-2, because the references to Bea in #1 are much more enjoyable and deeper, when you know her. The pity of the entire trilogy is, that there is hardly any moment without an annoying flaw, and I am not talking about Ms Ling's fetish with freckles. These flaws are all caused by Ms Ling being satisfied with her work far too early I re-read the entire trilogy recently, this time in the order of its inner chronology, starting with this book. If you're new to the series, you can read in the order of 3-1-2, because the references to Bea in #1 are much more enjoyable and deeper, when you know her. The pity of the entire trilogy is, that there is hardly any moment without an annoying flaw, and I am not talking about Ms Ling's fetish with freckles. These flaws are all caused by Ms Ling being satisfied with her work far too early. She doesn't put enough effort in creating background settings — life on earth in #3, life on Ventura in #1 and life on another planet in #3 — they all feel generic and raise serious questions: The internet destroyed by viruses? A breeding program in a society where interest in sexuality starts with 16 on the spot? A different planet with an ecosystem which suffices with some trees? The dialogues are not elaborated by rewriting, scenes run on endlessly or are repetitive, important moments are missed, goals are too easily achieved. When Bea and Seren appear inappropriately harsh sometimes or don't suffer any severe setbacks, then Ms Ling intended to make them persistent, which I like in theory, but she did not invest enough reflection into the passage. The side characters are never given the chance to be strong and shining, and this has serious repercussions on how Bea and Seren are perceived. Nonetheless (or because of it), Ms Ling has a sense for strong and simple premises. Unlike other YA authors of our days, hers are not dubious constructions. They feel real. And Ms Ling keeps them present at every moment of her stories.

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